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SRQ DAILY Mar 23, 2023

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

Thursday Family and Recreation Edition

"Visually, you walk in and get the feeling that you are 20,000 leagues under the sea, from the lighting to the kelp forest to the giant squid that is on top of the submarine."

- Betsy Kohl, Membership Manager, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

[Scholarships]  Avant-Garde Event Raises Scholarships for Ringling Students
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

The Ringling College campus was the grooviest place in town on Saturday night as the school celebrated its 27th annual scholarship event, Avant-Garde: Ringling College Rocks the 70s!

The evening opened with cocktails, entertainment and silent auction viewing, followed by a special reveal as college president, Dr. Larry Thompson and his wife, Pat arrived, both dressed as Elton John. While some attendees were dressed in cocktail attire, many took the opportunity to get decked out in 70's costumes, with colorful clothing, wigs and platform shoes. A groovy makeup artist was on-hand creating flowery face art and a dyn-O-mite van was available for keepsake photos.

The events continued with a program full of touching videos and remarks from Thompson, followed by a paddle raise to help in providing scholarships to deserving third and fourth year studens who are in danger of being unable to complete their education due to lack of financial assistance. 

Photo courtesy of Ringling College of Art and Design.

[Mote Exhibit]  Voyage to the Deep at Mote's New Exhibit
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

Dive into marine adventures this spring at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium’s temporary exhibit, Voyage to the Deep. The novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea served as inspiration for the exhibition, which intertwines Jules Verne’s fantastical story with real-life learning about modern and historical submarines.

Verne’s story tells the tale of Captain Nemo and his submarine, the Nautilus, which uses advanced technology to traverse the oceans. The Nautilus is the centerpiece of the interactive exhibit and delights both adults who enjoyed the book as well as young children still getting their sea legs. “Visually, you walk in and get the feeling that you are 20,000 leagues under the sea, from the lighting to the kelp forest to the giant squid that’s on top of the submarine,” says Betsy Kohl, Mote’s membership manager.

Guests can climb aboard the Nautilus, exploring every nook and cranny of the ship. Screens allow passengers to steer the ship through the water, and one section of the Nautilus is dedicated to Captain Nemo’s treasure collection and marine research. Explorers can play Nemo’s pipe organ, discover the geographical origins of his treasure chest and rummage through his vast collection of marine discoveries and artifacts. Visitors can also check out the submarine’s galley kitchen, bunks and lockers, and fans of the book can search for easter eggs from the story.

Throughout the exhibit, which is bilingual in English and Spanish, signs, videos and hands-on games teach visitors about the inner workings of a submarine and oceanic research. “We wanted our guests to really connect with our scientists and feel empowered to go out and learn about the world and do good things in their own time,” adds Samantha Bledstein, Mote’s senior exhibits coordinator. “We wanted them to know what it’s like to be a scientist and be in their flippers.” Visitors can even adopt a giant squid, like the one from the novel, as part of Mote’s adopt an animal program, further connecting them with the aquarium’s research efforts.

For the Mote team, Voyage to the Deep represents an opportunity for visitors of all ages to enjoy the magic of the sea. “We have a lot of families who come visit us and we’ve been trying to bring in more family-focused exhibits,” Bledstein says, “and this one seemed perfect because it can appeal to every age group and it gives the kids a place to run around, learn and be scientists.”

Voyage to the Deep and the Adopt a Giant Squid program run through mid-May. Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, mote.org. 

Pictured: The Voyage to the Deep Exhibit at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium Photos Courtesy of: The Australian National Maritime Museum, Flying Fish and Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

[New College Foundation]  Can Forward Thinkers and Complex Problem-Solvers Help Your Business or Non-Profit?

New College of Florida student interns are making a lasting impact on the Sarasota-Manatee economy. Close to 100 local nonprofits and businesses have been assisted by interns through the College's Center for Career Engagement & Opportunity (CEO). Some local organizations which have hired interns include Sarasota County, Florida Department of Health in Manatee, Mote Marine Laboratory, Ringling Museum, 12th Judicial Circuit, Manatee School District, Art Center Sarasota, Save our Seabirds, Roskamp Institute and many more. Madeline Tympanick, M.Ed., Associate Director, Employer Relations & Work-Based Learning says, "We bring intellectually curious minds who can solve complex problems and think outside the box." 

To learn more and recruit New College students, please click here

[Half Marathon]  Wellen Park’s St. Patrick’s Day 5K and Half-Marathon Were a Huge Success

More than 680 people participated in Wellen Park’s annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K run and inaugural half marathon on March 19. The 13.1-mile course was certified by USA Track & Field. Both races started and ended at Solis Hall in Downtown Wellen. At the finish line, an awards ceremony recognized the top three male and female finishers in each age group, best male and female overall winners, male and female grand masters, male and female masters, male and female senior grand masters and male and female veterans’ grand masters. Runners and attendees also enjoyed live music from Solis Hall’s outdoor stage, green beer, mimosas and food. A portion of the race proceeds benefited Girls on the Run of Southwest Florida, the local chapter of a national nonprofit youth development program combining an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and a healthy lifestyle for pre-teen girls. Downtown Wellen tenants Florida Lakes Spa and Florida Lakes Vein Center, and Capstan Financial Consulting Group were sponsors for the St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon and 5K run. Mattamy Homes, AMC Contracting, Inc., Lennar, Willis Smith Construction, Tropia at Wellen Park, The DeMoya Group, Stillwell at Wellen Park, Solea Wellen Park and Streetsense were also sponsors for the event. To learn more about upcoming events, Downtown Wellen and living at Wellen Park, call 941-960-7805, go to wellenpark.com or visit the Welcome Center at 12275 Mercado Drive in Venice, Fla., open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Pictured: More than 680 people participated in Wellen Park’s annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K run and inaugural half marathon on March 19. Photo courtesy of Wellen Park.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Embracing Our Differences’ 20th Anniversary Exhibit Grand Opening Event

“Always remember you are braver than you think and stronger than you believe.” This is one of 50 inspirational quotations that is showcased at Embracing Our Differences’ 20th annual outdoor art exhibit, entitled “Embracing Kindness.” The exhibit, which is still on display at Bayfront Park in Sarasota through March 12, next moves to Butler Park in North Port on March 22 and will be on display until April 19. The exhibit features 50 billboard-sized images created by local, national and international artists, writers and students reflecting their interpretations of the theme “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.” The North Port exhibit opens with a free, family-friendly event on March 25 in Butler Park, noon to 3 p.m. The event features music by Monkey Finger. Local arts and education organizations will have booths featuring interactive, kid-friendly activities, and Casa de Uruguay, The “Q” Ice Cream Truck and My Trucking Tacos food trucks will be stationed at the event. For more information, visit www.embracingourdifferences.org. 

Pictured: Embracing Our Differences’ 20 th Anniversary Exhibit Moves Next to Butler Park in North Port March 22-April 19. Photo courtesy of EOD.

[Bike Safety]  April 15 Free Bicycle Helmet Giveaway

Come Celebrate the re-opening of Osprey Junction Trailhead Park! Join the Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead for a free bicycle helmet giveaway event. They will be giving away free bicycle helmets to kids up to the age of 18. Kids must be present to receive and be fitted for their free helmet. Limit one helmet per child. A parent or legal guardian must be present to sign up children to receive a free helmet. Helmets are given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last, and at the sole discretion of the Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead.

Saturday, April 15, 2023, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Osprey Junction Trailhead Park, 939 E. Bay Street, Osprey, FL 34229. For additional information, contact ralphmonti@gmail.com. 

[Dog Rescue]  Hound Happy Hour at Hamlet’s Eatery with Nine Puppies Looking for Fur-ever Homes

This Friday, March 24 is paw-ty at Hamlet’s Eatery! The award-winning permanently located food truck is open until 8pm for Hound Happy Hour. Tender Heart Charities is bringing NINE adorable puppies looking for fur-ever homes. Live music by Chris Lincoln. Great food and drinks from Hamlet’s Eatery including vegan options. Located outdoors with plenty of room under a covered patio. This is a great way to kick off your weekend.

821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information visit www.hamletseatery.com or call 941-445-1938. 

Pictured: These adorable puppies are looking for homes. Photo courtesy of Tender Heart Charities.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: FST - A Place in the Sun - A Tribute to Stevie Wonder , November 16 – April 16, Varied

A Place in the Sun – A Tribute to Stevie Wonder, will begin playing in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret on November 16, 2022. The new music revue celebrates the legendary musician whose catalogue spans six decades and multiple musical genres, taking audiences through the beloved songbook of musical pioneer, Stevie Wonder. Created by Jason Cannon, Richard Hopkins, and Sarah Durham, this all-new Cabaret features such timeless hits as “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “Isn’t She Lovely?,” and “Superstition.” Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Walking Tours at The Ringling's Arboretum Available Now Through May 2023 , November 26 – May 29, 12:00 PM

This walking tour led by volunteer guides will introduce you to interesting botanical specimens on the estate while providing a historic overview of the development of the estate. The Ringling Arboretum has been accredited at Level II through ArbNet and there are over 2350 trees within the arboretum representing native, exotic, historical, and culturally significant trees. Garden Tours are available Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays and take place entirely outdoors. It is 90 minutes in length and covers approximately 1 mile. We encourage visitors to bring bottled water, and wear appropriate footwear, preferably closed-toe, sunblock, and hats. There will be a maximum of 10 participants per tour. Tours are subject to weather conditions. Please check it at the Visitors Pavilion prior to your tour. Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each tour.

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Ken Ludwigs The Three Musketeers , January 11 – March 26, Varied

Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Directed by Peter Amster. Harrowing adventure, bravery, and friendship take center stage in Ken Ludwig's THE THREE MUSKETEERS, a thrilling adaptation of the popular novel by Alexandre Dumas. One of the world’s most enduring comedies, this classic tells the tale of a daring young man who finds himself in the company of the world’s greatest swordsmen, as well as some of the world’s most dangerous men and women. Directed by Peter Amster, who most recently directed Asolo Rep’s smash hit Murder on the Orient Express in 2020, this play promises to be a fast-paced, witty, swashbuckling good time. All for one, and one for all! 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  MUSEUM: She Engineers at the Bishop , January 24 – July 30, During museum hours

SHE ENGINEERS is a bilingual (English and Spanish) poster exhibition highlighting eight women in various engineering fields. In their own words, the women share their passion and what inspired them to become engineers. If we support a woman in STEM, then she can change the world.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 2023 Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature , February 12 – June 26, During garden hours

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ 2023 Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature showcases the creativity and innovation of American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). The first exhibition of its type to be presented in a botanical garden, the exhibition highlights the inspiring connection between Tiffany Studios and the natural world through unique horticultural displays in the Tropical Conservatory and the Gardens, accompanied by seminal examples of Tiffany’s work on view in the Museum of Botany and the Arts. To learn more, visit selby.org. Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, 1534 Mound St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Chicken & Biscuits , February 15 – April 13, Varied

The hilarious new play CHICKEN & BISCUITS introduces us to the Jenkins family, as they gather to celebrate the life of their beloved and recently deceased father and grandfather, the Revered Bernard Jenkins. When an unexpected guest reveals a secret, they all discover that nothing brings a family together like a big side of drama. This side-splitting new Broadway comedy explores the tenderness of family, the joy of reconciliation, and the nourishing power of love. Written by Broadway newcomer Douglas Lyons and directed by the talented Bianca LaVerne Jones, who was associate director of the 2021 Broadway production, CHICKEN & BISCUITS proves that while family may drive us crazy, we’re lucky to have each other. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Madama Butterfly , February 18 – March 24, Varied

Madama Butterfly is an Opera in three acts. Music by Giacomo Puccini. Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. A young geisha known affectionately as Madama Butterfly is swept off her feet by an American Naval Officer. Left with a promise that he would return one day, Butterfly waits faithfully for three years, but is met with heartbreak in one of opera’s most enduring tragedies. Sung in Italian with Translations in English. February 18th-March 24 For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org or Ph. +1 941 328 1300

Sarasota Opera , 61 N Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Don Giovanni , February 25 – March 25, Varied

Don Giovanni is an Opera in two acts. Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. Mozart’s most famous opera is a comic and tragic masterpiece. Set in 17th century Spain, this tale of obsession, betrayal, crime, and retribution centers around the infamous lover Don Juan, who leaves a path of broken hearts wherever he goes. Sung in Italian with English Translations in English. February 25th-March 25th. For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org, Ph. +1 941 328 1300, 61 N Pineapple Ave Sarasota, FL 34236

Sarasota Opera , 61 N Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Resilience: A Guided Walking Tour Experience by Compass Rose History Experiences , February 25 – April 22, 3:30 p.m.

Compass Rose History Experiences announces the launch of Resilience: A Guided Walking Tour Experience. Guides Mimi Cirbusova and Andrea Knies will navigate attendees on a journey back in time down Main Street as we explore the resilience of the Sarasota community during the Great Depression and World War II. Locals and visitors alike will find inspiration from the stories of the people and places of Sarasota's past. Tours meet at Five Points Park in Downtown Sarasota and cover a distance of less than one mile over the 75-90 minute tour. All tours begin at 3:30 pm. Tickets cost $20.00 and must be purchased in advance. Guests purchasing both tours can receive a $10 discount by selecting the ticket package. Visit CompassRoseHistory.com to purchase your tickets or to learn more about Compass Rose History Experiences.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Ernani , March 11 – March 26, Varied

Ernani is a Dramma lirico in four acts. Music by Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. The bandit Ernani has lost his land, wealth, and title, and faces competing suitors, including the king, as he pursues his true love, Elvira. One of the greatest of Verdi’s early works encompasses love, honor, and tragedy with passionate choruses, emotional arias, and a stirring score. Sung in Italian with Translations in English. Runs March 11th-March 26th. For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org, Ph. +1 941 328 1300 

Sarasota Opera , 61 N Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: Therese , March 17 – March 25, Varied

Therese is an opera in two acts. Music by Jules Massenet. Libretto by Jules Claretie. A love triangle during the French Revolution is the setting for this rarely heard work. Therese is torn between love for her former lover and her affection and duty towards her husband. Moments of lyrical beauty are punctuated by the drama of the “Reign of Terror” in this opera. Sung in French with Translations in English. March 17th-March 25th For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org, Ph. +1 941 328 1300

Sarasota Opera , 61 N Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSIC: Celebration at the Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota , March 23, 7:30 p.m.

The program includes music by five Jewish composers in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. Felix Mendelssohn's powerful Sinfonia in B Minor opens the program. George Gershwin's Lullaby for Strings adds a jazzy touch. Boris Levenberg's Hassidic Scene features concertmaster Christina Adams in a heartfelt violin solo which evokes the world of Fiddler on the Roof. Noubar Aslanyan's Trumpet Concertino features Robert Smith in a brilliant work for trumpet and strings. The program concludes with Ernest Bloch's exhilarating Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra and Piano Obbligato with Ann Stephenson-Moe, pianist. General seating. First Presbyterian Church, 2050 Oak St, Sarasota. chamberorchestrasarasota.org. 

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 6 - La Sylphide , March 24 – March 25

The Sarasota Ballet is excited to announce the Company’s 2022 – 2023 Season. Over seven programs, The Sarasota Ballet will perform 15 works by some of the most celebrated and prestigious choreographers and composers of the ballet world. Program 6 - La Sylphide. March 24-25, 2023. At the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. La Sylphide (Company Premiere) Choreography by Johan Kobborg after August Bournonville, Music by Herman Severin Lovenskiold. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Box office 941.359.0099

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall , 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: Backwards Forwards Back , March 24 – April 23, Varied

BACKWARDS FORWARDS BACK by Jacqueline Goldfinger. A World Premiere. March 24 - April 23, 2023. Urbanite Theatre. When a soldier returns from war carrying the ghosts of his tour, he’s faced with a sobering decision: address his alarming PTSD with Virtual Reality therapy, or risk losing access to his family forever. Can this new technology recalibrate the brains and bodies of wounded soldiers? This electric, vivid, one-man drama studies the power of healing and finding strength in vulnerability. For tickets and info contact phone (941) 321-1397, email info@urbanitetheatre.com, website www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Stories of Florida Con Sabor , March 24, 7:30 p.m.

Our stories have never been the same since Ponce De Leon first arrived on our shores in 1513. Flowing seamlessly between Spanish and English, the personal, historical, and traditional Florida tales that storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar tells in Stories of Florida Con Sabor connect the people and cultures of Florida, con un poquito de sabor Latino, with a little bit of Latino flavor. This bilingual presentation, designed for audiences 13 years and older, is funded by the Florida Humanities’ Florida Talks program and runs Friday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m., at CreArte Latino Theatre, 8251 15th St. E. Suite I, Sarasota. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at www.creartelatino.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: History Day in the Park at Phillippi Estate Park , March 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phillippi Estate Park, as the home of the Edson Keith Mansion and the historic Keith Farmhouse, is holding History Day in the Park on Saturday March 25 2023. We’re helping preserve the fascinating history of the greater Sarasota area by presenting local history to residents and visitors. The event will feature live music, kids' activities, historical fun and more. Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. historydayinthepark.com.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Bradenton Spring Festival , March 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Humane Society of Manatee County is proud to present the first Bradenton Spring Festival Fundraiser. Located at Caddy’s of Bradenton, 801 Riverside Drive East, this family, and pet-friendly festival will allow guests to enjoy an abundance of activities such as a dog lure course, photo booth, DJ, games, raffle prizes, local vendors, adoptable dogs and more. Individuals and fundraising teams can buy tickets now by visiting the events page at www.humanemanatee.org. 

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Relocating and Reconstituting Modern Structures , March 28, 5:30 p.m.

Does a Modern building’s design significance stand independent from its original site, as does a work of art or sculpture? This talk will explore the concept, the recent trend, the future implications, and the possible preservation opportunities of treating Modern architecture as "moveable" heritage. In addition to moving buildings to preserve them, the presentation will also feature the emerging phenomena of treating significant Modern architecture as works of art that can be acquired by collectors including their sale and auction followed by being disassembled, packed up, transported, and reassembled on a new site. McCulloch Pavilion 265 S Orange Ave., Sarasota, architecturesarasota.org. 

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Thursday at Sarasota Art Museum , February 9 – June 8, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Join Sarasota Art Museum for Jazz Thursdays featuring live jazz music, contemporary art, and sips and bites from Bistro. Hosted by the Jazz Club of Sarasota. Jazz Thursday happens on the second Thursday of each month, 5:30-8 p.m. Galleries, Bistro, and SHOP open. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Cars and Coffee at University Town Center , March 11 – December 9, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

This monthly gathering of car enthusiasts brings together automobile lovers from every walk of life, not to mention a wide array of spectacular cars. Bring your own vehicle (all makes and models are welcome) to show off, or check out the hundreds of cars on display. Each month, the event sponsors a different charity, and attendees are encouraged to donate $10 to benefit the charity. The event, occuring on the second Sunday of each month, will feature live music, complimentary coffee and more. To learn more, visit facebook.com/carsandcoffee941. Sarasota Cars and Coffee, The West District at University Town Center near Ford’s Garage, 295 N. Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: 2023 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival , April 20 – April 24, Various times

The 2023 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival will return for its 16th year. The Festival is scheduled for April 20-24, 2023 and offers a world-class weekend of winemaker dinners, interactive wine seminars and wine tastings that culminates with the alfresco Grand Tasting event at The Ringling Museum of Art Courtyard. Guests will savor delicious dishes presented by over 40 members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurant group and sample from a collection of more than 300 unique wines from across the globe. There will be live musical entertainment and an expansive silent auction of rare and collectible wines and experiences. Due to the unprecedented demand this year, there are three available ticket levels: VIP, early access and general admission. For more information on Forks and Corks and to purchase tickets, visit EatLikeALocal.com. Follow Forks and Corks on Facebook and Instagram.

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